When is a sexual behaviour "unwelcome"?
- When is a sexual behaviour "unwelcome"?
Unwelcome behaviour is behaviour that the victim feels to be unwanted or violatory. It is the victim who decides whether or not the behaviour is unwelcome.
The law states that the person who is doing the harassment must understand that their behaviour is felt to be unwelcome or unwanted for it to be a question of sexual harassment. It is therefore important that those who are or have been subject to harassment make it clear to the person who is harassing them that the behaviour is unwelcome or unwanted. If the perpetrator continues their behaviour after such a reprimand, it may be sexual harassment.
In some situations the behaviour may be so obviously and clearly a violation that a reprimand from the person who feels they are being harassed is unnecessary.